Gomez: Rodriguez should leave Madrid

Former Colombia manager Hernan Gomez feels it would be best for James Rodriguez to depart Real Madrid if he wants regular game-time next season.

The 24-year-old has struggled to claim a regular starting berth in coach Zinedine Zidane's starting line-up, making 10 appearances from the bench in the second half of the season.

Gomez, who coached the former Monaco forward at national team level between 2010 and 2012, insists it's not good to see the country's star performer play a bit-part role at club level.

"I'll give James some advice," Gomez told WIN Sports. "It's best for him to go to another team because it's been shown that the man doesn't want to play him.

"He's a world-class player and he would have to go to another team… it's a very personal concept, he's our idol and we want to see him play, but this 'boss' won't put him in. I don't like it."

James has been linked with a move away from the Spanish capital in the recently concluded campaign, with Manchester United among the clubs rumoured to be monitoring him.